The Boston Bruins’ backup goaltender Tuukka Rask got injured during a game against the New York Islanders last Saturday. GM Peter Chiarelli announced Monday that Rask had suffered a lower abdomen/groin strain and would miss a minimum of 4-6 weeks.
To replace the injured Rask, the Boston Bruins announced they have signed free agent goaltender Marty Turco to a 1-year, $600,000 contract. Turco had to clear waivers as he last played with EC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria. He passed the necessary waivers yesterday. Per the CBA, Turco is ineligible to play any playoffs games since he was signed after the Trade Deadline.
Losing Rask to injury was a very tough blow for the Bruins. This is after already losing Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley, and Beniot Pouliot to injuries. Though Rask is the backup to starter Tim Thomas, he is extremely talented and plays big when called upon. He would be a starter on most other NHL teams. Since the Bruins have such a capable starter as their backup, this allows the team to rest Thomas more. Thomas played every single playoff game last season and playing a lot this season as well may start to toll on his 36 year-old body. The more rest he gets now, the better he’ll be able to perform in the playoffs.
Signing Marty Turco was a big move for the Bruins. Though he can’t play in the playoffs, Turco will provide strong goaltending until Rask returns from his groin injury. This will allow the Bruins to keep resting Thomas more and more as the season winds down. Turco brings skill and experience to the Bruins. He may be able to help in the locker room with a younger Rask. Turco is playing the role of backup goaltender now, but will move to a goaltending mentor once Rask returns and the regular season concludes.
Will Turco give Thomas the rest he needs to help the Bruins make another deep playoff run?
More to Come..
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